- a small, round, or very broad boat made of wickerwork or interwoven laths covered with a waterproof layer of animal skin, canvas, tarred or oiled cloth, or the like: used in Wales, Ireland, and parts of western England.
Origin of coracle
Examples from the Web for coracle
Historical Examples of coracle
I sprang to my feet and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.
Immensely tall she looked to me from my low station in the coracle.
I sprang to my feet, and leaped, stamping the coracle under water.Sea Stories
Fin came in close to land with his coracle, and asked what he wanted.More Celtic Fairy Tales
For sure, God would not come in a coracle, just as he himself might come.The Divine Adventure etc. (Works vol. 4)
- a small roundish boat made of waterproofed hides stretched over a wicker frame
Word Origin for coracle
"round boat of wicker, coated with skins," 1540s (the thing is described, but not named, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle from 9c.), from Welsh corwgl, from corwg, cognate with Gaelic curachan, Middle Irish curach "boat," which probably is the source of Middle English currock "coracle" (mid-15c.). The name is perhaps from the hides that cover it (see corium).